Magazine article Sculpture

Pittsburgh

Magazine article Sculpture

Pittsburgh

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Erwin Redl

Wood Street Galleries

The wide-ranging exhibitions at Wood Street Galleries are consis- tently inventive in their focus on n ew media art. Curator Murray Horne presents stimulating digital, virtual, video, and interactive art, as well as installations. Austrian artist Erwin Redl's recent "Structures of Time and Space" featured two installations- Twists and Turns and Speed Shift- each one yielding a rousing display. This was Redl's second appearance at Wood Street; in 2003, he fashioned a large-scale, exterior commission for "After Image," an exhibition that included works by Jim Campbell and Leo Villareal. Redl, who is known for his use of LEDs, shares a kinship with Keith Sonnier and Robert Irwin in his ability to activate gallery space. His illusory sculptures draw on themes first explored by such light pioneers as Dan Flavin and James Turrell, as well as the art of Fred Sandback, a conceptual sculptor whose works combine structure, spatial abstrac- tion, and immateriality.

New media art often involves inter- action between artist and observer or between observers and the work. In Redl's extensive installations, viewer participation in the space became an integral part of the work. Both experiences probed the process of reverse- engineering by following the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3-D computer mod- eling back into architectural environ- ments, though they took different approaches. Twists and Turns, which was created for this show, allowed for spontaneity, while Speed Shift, an evolving project begun in 2006, was very controlled, using sound as a substantial component. …

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